Tooth loss is a serious dental problem that affects millions of people from all walks of life. The condition can be caused by many factors, including excessive tooth decay, gum disease, TMJ disorder and injuries to the mouth. If left untreated, missing teeth can lead to the deterioration of a person’s jawbone and facial structure, while also causing undesired tooth shifts and severe bite imbalances.
In order to treat this issue, we may recommend installing dental implants in patients who are missing some or all of their teeth. Dental implants consist of a titanium framework that is surgically inserted into a patient’s jawbone. This framework is designed to securely support dental crowns, bridges or dentures. Since dental implants function just like natural tooth roots, most patients say that their replacement teeth feel exactly like their original ones.
Dental American Group specializes in two types of dental implants – endosteal implants and all-on-four implants.
Endosteal implants are used when a patient is missing one or more teeth. This type of dental implant is installed in two separate minimally-invasive surgeries. The first surgery consists of inserting a foundation into a patient’s jawbone. It is required that the patient wait four to six weeks before receiving the second surgery so that their jawbone can properly heal. The second surgery involves installing a supporting post to the initial foundation. Once completed, the patient will be able to have a dental crown, bridge or denture installed as needed.
An all-on-four implant is recommended to patients who are missing their entire set of top or bottom teeth. By using just four strategically-placed titanium implants, an entire row of teeth can be supported securely within the mouth. Unlike endosteal implants, which utilize a supporting post to secure prosthetic teeth, all-on-four implants are designed so that a set of dentures can be directly attached to the implants themselves. This allows the entire process of installing dental implants to be completed in just one minimally-invasive surgery.
If you want to learn more about dental implants and how they can be used to help you replace lost or missing teeth, please contact us to arrange for a consultation at one of our six locations across South Florida. You may call us at (786) 320-7554 to set up an appointment.